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Updates on Ground Zero; Museum of Arts and Design Opens

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Port Authority officials have developed a simplified plan for the transit hub at Ground Zero, allowing the 9/11 Memorial to be complete in time for the tenth anniversary of the attacks, says the  New York Times; the plan must still be approved by the Authority commissioners.  The proposed alterations to the transit hub are underneath the memorial and would retain architect Santiago Calatrava’s bird-like design for the street level building.  MAS is still searching for funding to continue the “Tribute in Light” memorial to the 9/11 attacks as well as a permanent location for the installation.

Meanwhile, the New York Sun reports that the Port Authority may miss a deadline to hand over Tower 2 of the World Trade Center to the developer Silverstein Properties, incurring even more penalties.

In other news, Nicolai Ouroussoff, architecture critic for the New York Times, considers the redesign of 2 Columbus Circle, which opens this weekend. Originally the gallery for Huntington Hartford’s art collection and now the Museum of Arts and Design, Ouroussoff finds it “poorly detailed and lacking in confidence.”

Thor Equities’ rumored plans for Red Hook, on the site of the former Revere Sugar Refinery, now include a 400,000 foot, six story shopping mall with residential units (Brooklyn Paper; Curbed)

Coney Island USA has artists render the City’s plan for entertainment retail at Coney Island (Kinetic Carnival)

The first Community Board hearing on the proposed Toll’s Brothers Gowanus rezoning ended with a motion to deny the developer three essential variances they are seeking from City Planning (Curbed)

Construction for the FDR Four Freedoms Memorial at the southern tip of Roosevelt Island will proceed next year (New York Times)